“Create a society where people matter more than things” Archbishop Desmond Tutu

The Humanities Learning Area gives insight, empathy and an understanding of people’s lives, their origins and beliefs in this changing world. It provokes and answers questions about the natural and human worlds. It fires students’ curiosity about the past and how it shapes the present and the future. It gives students the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in society. Humanities promotes spiritual, moral and social cultural development giving students self confidence and enabling them to play an active part in the life of the Academy, community and wider world. It prepares students for adult life and employment.

Through enquiry, students research evidence, collect data and information, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions. Students access a wide range of learning resources with ICT playing an ever increasing role as a source of evidence and a means of predicting results.

Humanities Learning is a practical experience, arousing curiosity about the world and its cultures. Geography field work examines the local area as well as coastal Kent and Norfolk; History comes alive with expeditions to ancient sites and historical buildings while R.E. stimulates an exploration of faiths through visits to Churches, Temples, Synagogues and Mosques. Travel and Tourism extends student links with business and leisure organisations such as Thorpe Park and the Tower of London. All subjects within Humanities benefit from a range of speakers, visiting groups and specialists, who share their experiences with students and make learning come alive.